Breastfeeding is one of the most important preventive health measures for both mother and child. Breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months (and sustained for up to two years or longer with appropriate complementary feeding) is important for the nutrition, immunologic protection, growth, and development of infants and toddlers.
Perinatal Services BC believes that breastfeeding is a population health strategy that must be protected, supported, and promoted to optimize the health of mothers and their infants.
While BC’s breastfeeding initiation rate is 93 per cent, only 42 per cent of infants are breastfed exclusively for six months. This highlights the need to continue to implement actions that advance breastfeeding in the province.